Sunday, 17 June 2018

Thrive - Frustrations - Admir Selimovic

Frustrations
Clemens Wabra - Guitar 
Fabian Supancic - Keys 
Thomas Milacher - Bass 
Jasmin Sultanic- Drums 

All songs Produced by Jasmin Sultanic
Album: Thrive (Mustache Records 2018)

The Austrian band Frustrations are embarking upon a mission, a giant leap into the unknown with their new album Thrive. It is an album that not only contains their trademark pulsing rhythms but also an openness, a desire to stare into the dark void, and to keep those eyes wide in anticipation.

Image:  Admir Selimovic. 
Design: Marlene Bettel
Our journey into this black void is inspired by the music of Frustrations and mapped by Admir Selimovic, the artist who has created the album art for Thrive. Ahead of us we see a pulsing mass, a planet of sorts, yet we know it is not stable. The undulations of its surface blister and puss, a molten volatility bubbling underneath. Not a suitable location to harbour a new colony of humans. Yet there is something there, the irregularity piques our interest. Together we sit alone in the night.

This is what we think is out there. It is a future charted through it's geographic points, and not one seen by a thousand eyed media. You will not find this world on a colourful wall chart, it is not a popular destination for rich tourists. It is a blueprint, one that exists in fertile minds.

Frustrations
The Band Frustrations was founded in 2014 by the Jazz drummer Jasmin Sultanic as a Jazz Trio. After touring through 9 countries and playing more than 30 concerts the band split up during the recordings of their first album because of difference of opinions of the band members. Sultanic kept the concept and the name of the band and continued working on it with Fabian Supancic (Piano), Clemens Wabra(Guitar) and Thoms Milacher (Bass). Three musicians with the same taste and understanding in music.

Admir Selimovic
Admir Selimovic is originally from Bratunac in Bosnia and Herzegovina but moved to Živinice in 1992 when he was three years old. After completing elementary school in Tuzla the bright lights of Vienna beckoned. As Selimovic's studies ended at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna he began his doctorate at the prestigious Federal Technical University (ETH) in Zurich, Faculty of Architecture. His graduation project at the Academy in Vienna was the avant-garde film "Moon" which brought him to the attention of critics and film festivals alike. He has directed a number of films and regularly exhibits his work at locations including International Human Rights Film Festival (Vienna), Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna), Bad Eisenkappel, Institut für Kunst und Gestaltung (Vienna) and Künstlerhaus (Vienna).

The album Thrive consists of six missions into the new world. Within these journeys there is always an element of danger, we feel on the verge of descending into chaos yet we are never abandoned to uninhibited freefall. Check out Selimovic's cinematic vision of Thrive HERE.

Thrive, the title track, charts hundreds of possible landing sites. Graceful and lyrical pinpricks of light shimmer with their melodies. The keys of Fabian Supancic joining the dots. Yet these worlds are never within reach, always seen from a distance. Fusion is a throwback, a thought of what we have left behind as we hurtle into our futures. The scientists examine new life forms under their microscopes. What they see is a writhing mass of organisms, pulsing under the percussion of Mr. Stephan Maass (Kruder & Dorfmeister, Randy Brecker, NDR Bigband, Georg Danzer, Benny Greb). Inside they find a fever, an epidemic that has every chance of running out of control.
Ether is the laidback rock, an asteroid rotating slowly and deliberately. Full of latent power yet never reaching impact, it is the dark beauty of this album. Hyberbola sparks and fizzes, snaps of light, dancing colours and ephemeral kaleidoscope.
We hear the echo of a human in the guitar of Clemens Wabra, a forgotten voice trapped in the music and drama of About Everything. Radio contact is intermittent, you feel the sheer scale, of those down there and you alone up here.
Last Song is our dying star, wistful, vast, an unknown future.

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